In 2018, the Eureka Chapter volunteered to install a rhododendron garden for Hospice of Humboldt’s beautiful new facility, the Ida Emmerson Hospice House, in Eureka. This is Phase 1 of a potential 2-3 phase project intended to complete plantings around Hospice’s exterior property immediately adjacent to the patient center. We thank Hospice of Humboldt for allowing the Eureka Chapter to complement the beautiful natural landscape surrounding their facility.
The undertaking involved over 200 volunteer hours and over $10,000 in materials, supplies and rhododendron and companion plants. Of this total, local merchants provided in-kind support of approximately $6,500. The Eureka Chapter and other donors funded the balance of project costs. The landscape includes an overhead irrigation system with electric timing controls to help reduce maintenance requirements.
We would like to thank the following local businesses, volunteers and others for their support:
- Shafer’s Ace Hardware – forklift
- Tim Walsh – Equipment rental and operator
- Tom & Ellen Gill – back Hoe and operator
- Almquist Lumber – shredded bark
- Kellogg Garden Products – soil conditioner and fertilizer
- Humboldt Redwood Company – shredded bark
- Singing Tree Gardens & Nursery – rhododendron and companion plants
- California Conservation Corp – work crews
We would also like to recognize and thank the following individuals associated with the project:
- Joe Rogers, Hospice Executive Director
- Rodney Ward, Hospice Facilities Manager
- Charles Cunningham, Eureka Chapter board member responsible for initiating the project
If you are interested in helping maintain the garden, you can contact the Eureka Chapter through the website at “Contact Us”. This involves fertilizing, weeding, irrigation maintenance and assisting with subsequent phases. Updates to the Hospice Project will be posted in this section of the website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Eureka Chapter.